Worked at this company for around 4 years, I have about 7 years in the workplace overall. I work in a team of 3 who deal with 'reporting' (mostly financial), we maintain the systems that "month end numbers" come out of and other reporting during the month.
At month end - whether that's a weekend or week day or whatever - we have to work out of hours to close down all the accounts, run the month end processes so the business people will have the numbers they need to work with.
We worked out a rota for who has to do the "out of hours" work. There isn't any pay or time off in lieu - it's just accepted as the nature of the job that we have to give up 1 in 3 month end days to do this.
We have recently (~2 months) got a new boss, recruited from outside the company. Most recently it was my turn to run the "out of hours" stuff and be on call for any process failures etc. It was a public holiday weekend. I made an offhand remark that I'd be checking the numbers Monday (public holiday). New boss said we're all on holiday, "don't do it, wait and see who actually needs this stuff and when they shout, we'll respond to it" I explained why we have to do it, what will fail if we don't, etc. Boss wouldn't listen so I dropped it, pretended to go along with it, then logged on remotely anyway and did the things we needed to do.
Now I'm worried I can be "written up" for disregarding instructions, even though I am just doing what we actually need to do.
Given that situation what I should have said to the "new boss"? Am I doing the right thing? (Maybe I should be the boss instead of this person!)
EDIT: Thank you for the answers so far! If anyone else has an answer I'd welcome those also. A couple of points which I see now I didn't make clear, based on your comments/answers.
- some of the reports are just internal stuff, but some are "returns" that have to be filed to the parent company, regulators (I think), used by our accountants to generate other reports that are time-sensitive or that they need to negotiate with suppliers etc.
- there are also system consequences if month end isn't closed off when it should be e.g. transactions appearing in the wrong month
- my comment that "maybe I should be the boss" was borne out of frustration and annoyance (as I'm sure many people picked up on) I'm well aware that there is more involved in management than just knowing the tasks of the direct reports! In fact I was a team-leader myself in a previous role and decided 'management' wasn't for me ;-)